Making the decision to cohabitate with someone is the easy part. Finding a home that meets the priorities of both parties can be a little trickier. Here are some tips for finding a new home with a partner.
- First and foremost, be willing to compromise. For example, if your new cohabitant works in the suburbs but you work downtown, be willing to compromise on location. Willingness to compromise will not only make the apartment selection easier, it will make living together more pleasant as well.
- Make a list of each of your "must-haves". It may turn out that you want many of the same things in a new home but you'll never know until you discuss it.
- Agree on a rental price range and stick to it. You both know what you can afford and it will only cause undue stress if you go over that amount.
- Decide how much space is necessary for each of you. If you both grew up in large houses as only children, sharing a studio apartment may not be the best idea. Or, if it's important that you have a separate space at home for crafting, look at apartments that have a bonus room.
Have any of your own essential tips for apartment hunting with a partner? Let us know in the comments…
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